8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Port Elizabeth

1
night
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Offshore Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get active on the water at Offshore Adventures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online itinerary builder .

Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Offshore Adventures ©
Offshore Adventures
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

2
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Mitchell's Brewery. Keep things going the next day: hike along Terblans Nature Walk and then get outside with Tony Cook Adventures.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary planner .

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. In September, daytime highs in Knysna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Mitchell's Brewery ©
Mitchell's Brewery

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Santos Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then examine the collection at Janine Iron and Washing Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay visit planning site .

Getting from Knysna to Mossel Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Mossel Bay, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Spas

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town tour planner .

You can fly from Mossel Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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